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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Allahu Akbar!

The Abu Sayyaf bandits think that by chanting their mantra, Allahu Akbar! ("God is Great"), they could make Allah complicit with their crimes.  But their life of brigandage and terrorism is incongruous to the character of Allah as described in the hymnic Sura entitled, "The Opening," which is equated with the "Lord's Prayer" in the Christian religion:

The Opening

In the name of God

the Compassionate the Caring

Praise be to God

lord sustainer of the worlds

the Compassionate the Caring

master of the day of reckoning

To you we turn to worship

and to you we turn in time of need

Guide us along the road straight

the road of those to whom you are giving

not those with anger upon them

not those who have lost the way.

- Source: Michael Sells, trans., Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations (Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 1999), 42-43.

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Brigid Ari said...

This is the Lord's Prayer.

Princess Bridget said...

I think that the wealth of the British Empire in the 1990s was well made.

scott saboy said...

yup Brigid, it too has the A.C.T.S. of the "Lord's Prayer." thanks for posting your comments (ain't sure though about the reference of your first comment). cheers! :)